The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

Topreserve rare animals and species threatened with extinction. Prominently featured in the collection are animals from the Land of Israel, with special emphasis on those species mentioned in the Bible. To develop and conduct educational activities and outreach programs that will cultivate and nurture the values of nature conservation and wildlife protection among the general public; to enhance public awareness of environmental issues and encourage a love of animals. To create a rich and diversified recreational atmosphere in beautiful surroundings, which subtly promote an appreciation of nature and of the environment. To conduct research that involves the preservation, breeding, ...
Jul 9, 2015

Baby Deer Abound

Baby Persian Fallow Deer
Baby Persian Fallow Deer

Summer is the perfect time to give you an update about the Persian fallow deer conservation program.

We are very excited to report that our captive breeding center at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo has produced no less than 10 baby darlings this year. But what we’re most excited to tell you about is the fact that there was a birth within our acclimatization area in the Jerusalem hills – that means that a baby deer was recently born in the wild!

Currently we have 8 deer in the acclimatization area awaiting release into the wild proper. The release has been delayed due to technical problems with the new GPS collar tracking system but we hope to have these resolved very soon so that we will be able to obtain instant, accurate tracking data via the internet.

And that’s not all – we recently received a wonderful validation of the success of this project: members of the public sent in video images of an adult male Persian fallow deer in the Tzur Hadassah area near Jerusalem. From the images, our zoological team is able to tell that, not only was this magnificent male born in the wild (due to the absence of a tracking collar), but he has survived and thrived for at least 3 years! The importance of this sighting is not limited to the receipt of new information - we are also really happy to see that our education outreach efforts to the local community are paying off: the community not only supports our conservation initiative but is actively partnering with us! (You can view the video clip below.)

Thank you for your continued support of this very important wildlife conservation project. It is our privilege to be able to share these success stories with all of you.

Warm regards from us all,

Team Fallow Deer at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Releasing a deer in May 2015
Releasing a deer in May 2015
Camera trap images of a released male
Camera trap images of a released male

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Jul 9, 2015

Summer Learning Fun

An Ultra Orthodox Jewish school field trip
An Ultra Orthodox Jewish school field trip

Hello Jerusalem Biblical Zoo supporters!

As usual, the Spring and early Summer season has been a busy time here at the Zoo with people from all of Israel's diverse communities visiting in large numbers to enjoy the beautiful green space, see the fascinating animals and, most importantly, to learn more about wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability.

As the Jerusalem weather got warmer, more and more schools and other institutions have sent groups to the Zoo for field trips. We are very proud to be able to offer guided school field trips tailored especially for our two largest communities: the Jewish Ultra Orthodox and the Arabic-speaking communities in and around Jerusalem. Both of these communities have particular needs and so, with the assistance of generous donors like you, we are able to provide allow school groups to visit the Zoo for heavily discounted admission fees – and, in addition, we provide a FREE education guide. Our view is that this encourages schools to use the Zoo as an educational resource and not merely as a recreational outing and, by providing a guide, we can ensure that the students receive information about wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability issues. We are pleased to report that many schools have taken advantage of this opportunity and between September 2014 and June 2015, we received almost 40,000 participants in these special education programs!

At the beginning of July, our summer day camp opened and we are pleased to once again welcome hundreds of elementary school children for what is widely considered to be one of the best educational camp experiences in Jerusalem.

The Zoo will also be busy with many other special educational activities and events over the course of the summer – stay tuned for details in our next report!

Wishing you all a wonderful summer of fun and learning,

The Education Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

An Arabic-language school field trip
An Arabic-language school field trip
Summer Camp at the Zoo
Summer Camp at the Zoo
May 28, 2015

Window on Progress

The first aquarium tank window panel is installed
The first aquarium tank window panel is installed

We're going full steam ahead!

Thanks to wonderful backers like you, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem raised over $13,500 USD in our GlobalGiving campaign. Thank you for supporting us in bringing the Aquarium to life. Because of your help, the end is in sight for the Aquarium completion. It's on!

And here's some more good news:

The first of the large window panels for the aquarium tanks have been installed - things are really starting to take shape!

Our exhibit designer has also begun working on the interior of the tanks – a mammoth task, but one that will result in beautiful exhibits to inspire visitors to appreciate and conserve our unique aquatic habitats.

Work has begun on the content for educational signage throughout the facility so that every Aquarium visitor will leave having learned something about the importance of saving our oceans, lakes and rivers.

Keep your eye on the prize –

We aim to open the doors to the Aquarium in 2016. We'll be sure to keep you posted on our progress, so you’re always aware of what’s happening at every stage.

Again, thanks so much for being a part of this project’s success. We are all so excited to bring such a great facility into being and – more importantly – to inspire our visitors to value the environment. A significant part of that success will belong to people like you, who believed in this cause from the beginning.

Warm Regards,

Team Aquarium at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Installation of interior tank design elements
Installation of interior tank design elements
One installed window panel
One installed window panel

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